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Linking Autism with processing Social Touch

In her book, the autistic brain, Temple Grandin says “you can’t study autism without figuring out a way to categorise sensory issues”. She goes on to talk about the neurology behind her condition, linking her lived experience to the neuroscience of her brain.

So it is incredibly exciting when new ways of understanding the neuroscience of touch enhance our understanding of how those with autism experience touch. This article encourages us to think about how social touch (or affective touch) differs from the discriminative touch we all for daily tasks and explains the neuroscience of how both kinds of touch are registered and used by our brains.

This article describes the patients in medical literature whose life experience has taught us to think differently about touch. It introduces us to the studies that these thoughts have prompted, a wonderful reminder that there is always more to know.

Here is a link to the full article.

https://www.spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/social-touch-shapes-autism-traits/

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